Teens are quite good at multitasking, but its this quality that might just land them into trouble
The findings of a new study have found that many teenage drivers are performing activities behind the wheel that could cause them to lose their focus while driving, and it’s not just texting, but other activities like changing clothes and shoes while driving.
Nearly one-third of the teenagers admitted to performing such activities behind the wheel, and if that’s not scary enough, some of them even state that they do their homework and change their contact lenses while driving!
“We were pretty surprised at the changing clothes bit,” OSU transportation engineering professor David Hurwitz said. “Teens are busy, I guess.”
The researchers believe that teens simply do not recognize the risks of performing such activities as much as adults do- they tend to be quite careful when they first learn to drive, but once they have their license, they quickly become prone to such behavior.
“You increase the difficulty of a task until you make an error,” the researchers added. “It seems like a very natural thing, but still it’s very dangerous, because good driving ability and safety judgment develop over a very long period of time.”
The researchers surveyed 1400 teens for the study, of which, 40 percent admitted to texting while driving, despite several educational efforts being carried out to point out to the dangers of texting and driving in teens.
The researchers believe that teens should be asked to attend an interactive presentation to understand more about different types of distracted driving which could be harmful for them.